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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Roscoe Parrish

(Born July 16, 1982) -- Professional football players are quite often large physical specimens. Roscoe Parrish never fit that mold.

Parrish looked more like a center fielder than a receiver, but his career in the NFL is at seven years and counting.

He went to college at the University of Miami and was taken by the Bills in the second round of the draft, checking in at 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds. He had 4.37 speed in the 40, so it was always difficult for those big fellows to catch him.

Parrish saw limited action as a rookie, a year noteworthy by the time he saw snow for the first time during an 18-inch story that left him almost paralyzed. Parrish had something of a career highlight in 2006. He ran a punt back 82 yards for a touchdown against Jacksonville in one of the most spectacular returns in Bills history. In fact, he had three returns for touchdowns in his career.

Parrish had other good moments in a Bills’ uniform, but injuries kept him off the field far too often during his time here. He left as a free agent this past offseason, signing with San Diego.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.